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Ko-Jo Cue Celebrates the Essence of Hip-Hop With I’M Back

After serving hip-hop fans with “Free Throw” and an unforgettable BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher, Ko-Jo Cue has returned with an EP. Titled I’M Back, the seven-track project, released on November 16, marks his first project after a two-year hiatus. It also signifies a bold return to the roots of hip-hop, built around rhymes, flows, and technical ability.

 The rollout for “I’M Back” borrows a lot of imagery from basketball and sports and features Ghanaian rap stars like Joey B, Kwaku DMC, Tulenkey, Strongman, YPee, Kweku Smoke, and Ria Boss. The themes dance around self-expression, celebration, hustle, and seizing the day. Fortune Dane, iPappi, Retro, Kobe Norths, and others handle production. Notably, Peewezel, a long-term collaborator of Cue, makes a return after being absent from his last three projects.

 From the EP’s opening number, “Mac Tontoh,” Ko-Jo Cue pays homage to the individuals who’ve played a pivotal role in his journey. The track features Bigg Homie Flee, who spices up the track with his spoken words. On the next song, “Someway,” Ko-Jo Cue takes a swipe at individuals leading phony lives and seeking validation from strangers. 


The next single, “Free Throw,” which features a verse from Ghanaian rapper Joey B, is a celebratory trap banger, highlighting his triumph against all odds. Ko-Jo Cue teams up with Kweku Smoke and Kwaku DMC on “32,” a drill anthem emphasizing the urgency of living life to the fullest. 

 For the EP’s fifth track, “OKAY OKAY,” Ko-Jo Cue talks about ambition, resilience, and hard work with hard-hitting verses from fellow Kumasi rappers Strongman and YPee. He maintains his determination discourse in “Cedi Kasa” while offering insightful social commentary on the nation’s challenges. For a change of tempo, Ko-Jo Cue ends I’M Back with the Ria Boss-assisted “Happy Endings,” which delves into the unpredictability of life and death, personal tragedies, and the futility of chasing fairytales. 

 “I’ve been gone for a bit, and I started feeling a lot of the energy that made me fall in love with hip-hop,” says Ko-Jo Cue. “So before I get back to regular scheduled programming, I felt like putting the glasses down and stepping into the booth again.” “I’M Back” is not just an album—it’s a statement. It’s a celebration of authentic hip-hop, a nod to the sports that have inspired Ko-Jo Cue, and a tribute to the artists who have helped him along the way. Additionally, it showcases Ko-Jo Cue’s storytelling prowess and dedication to addressing societal issues in his music. 

Listen to I’M Back on your preferred platform. 

Written by joseph ofori

Singer, Songwriter, blogger, lover of the creative arts.

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